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€30 million reconstruction of Zenica blast furnace

ArcelorMittal Zenica has announced the completion of a €30 million project to rebuild the Blast Furnace and upgrade other areas of the factory.

This includes the Energy, Sinter and Steel Plants and the Rolling Mill. The latest projects are bringing the total invested in the Zenica plant to over €200 million. The refurbishment means that integrated steel production can continue in Zenica for up to 20 years into the future.

The project’s completion was marked with a ceremony in the heart of the steelworks, attended by over 200 distinguished guests, including Augustine Kochuparampil and Lutz Bandusch on behalf ArcelorMittal Europe and senior government and business representatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the international community.

Addressing the guests, CEO of ArcelorMittal Zenica, Biju Nair said: “This is another very important step in our journey to build a long-term, sustainable future for steelmaking in this great industrial city. It underlines our strong and continuing commitment to the future, which begins right here today.

“We will continue to invest in the infrastructure of the factory, bringing further improvements in our environmental performance and our production capability. At the same time, we will continue to support, develop and encourage the young managers, engineers and production staff who will write the next chapter in the story of steel in Zenica.”

The lead contractor responsible for project delivery was the specialist Dutch company, Danieli Corus, supported by many local contractors.

ArcelorMittal’s own management, engineering and production staff were joined by 650 external workers from Bosnia and Herzegovina and a further 350 from 12 other countries. The project was completed in 86 days, and more than 6,750 tonnes of materials and equipment were involved in the works.